Administration

Gus Ebenstein - Founder

Gus Ebenstein

Founder
Gus Ebenstein "The kid from Washington Heights, NY". Gus joined the US Army Air Corps in 1940, when he was 20 years old. He graduated from aircraft mechanic school, then discovered that he has a high aptitude for pilot training. Gus was selected to fly the Douglas A-20 twin engine bomber and 2nd Lieutenant Ebenstein was sent to East Anglia to fly 65 combat missions over the ETO. After his heroic service Gus returned to Washington Heights and to his wife, Marie, Their story is nothing less than a heart warming romance. In 1960 Gus started working for B&J Spring who at that time was a Thermo king dealer. Around 1965 Gus began working for General Truck Refrigeration who was a Thermo King dealer. They however were taken over by Thermo King Corp in 1968. Gus Then started our Thermo King East Dealership in 1969 and set the foundation for who we are today.
Don Ebenstein - PRESIDENT

Don Ebenstein

PRESIDENT
Phone: 201-939-4822 EXT.104
Attended the Thermo King Long Term school in the late 1960's. Don handles the day to day operations, running the business. Don likes to add that special personal touch to all our customers.
Rick Ebenstein - VICE PRESIDENT

Rick Ebenstein

VICE PRESIDENT
Phone: 201-939-4822
Attended the Thermo King Long Term school back in the late 1960's. Rick handles the new unit inventory and also works with select customers. Rick likes to assist customers in choosing what model Thermo King fits their application best.
Tom Commaroto - GENERAL MANAGER

Tom Commaroto

GENERAL MANAGER
Phone: 201-939-4822 EXT.105
Tom has been with TK East since November 1976 and graduated the Thermo King Long Term school. He also worked for TK Corporation in their "crash" program before coming back to NJ. He became Service Manager in 1980 and was awarded Service Manager of the Year by Thermo King Corp in 1983. In 2016 Tom became the General Manager where he has proven to be the backbone of the company. Tom is considered the wizard behind the curtain and is heavily integrated into the pulse of the business on a daily basis.
Ken Kasper - OPERATIONS

Ken Kasper

OPERATIONS
Phone: 201-939-4822 EXT. 116
Ken, a graduate of Bergen County Technical Institute, has been with TK East since July 1984 and became the shop foreman in 1994. He has achieved the level of a Master Technician and is EPA Certified. Ken became the service manager in 2014, and achieved Dealer Service Manager of the year in in 2015. In 2018 Ken was moved out of the service dept and now oversees the technical aspect of the business. He works directly with customers to help solve their issues on a daily basis. Kenny is our "go to guy" for all technical questions. He prides himself on staying updated on all the advancements in the industry. Email: kenny@thermokingeast.com

Main Office

Patricia (Trish) McAuley - ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT

Patricia (Trish) McAuley

ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT
Phone: 201-939-4822 ext.101
Tricia has been our Office Manager and Bookkeeper since November 2013. She holds a BA from Montclair State University and has an extensive accounting background. She makes sure the Accounting Department runs like a fine tuned machine and is always willing to help where she can. You can reach her at 201-939-4822 x 101
Deanna Privara - OFFICE ASSISTANT

Deanna Privara

OFFICE ASSISTANT
Phone: 201-939-4822 ext.102
Deanna began her career at Thermo King East in 2009 as an office Assistant and has progressed into an Accounting Specialist. She has experience in both Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable applying her skills every day into her job. If a customer needs to apply for credit, she is the go-to person to get that in place, Contact Deanna at 201-939-4822 x 102

Sales Department

Stephen - SALES MANAGER

Stephen

SALES MANAGER
Phone: 201-939-4822
Steve started with Thermo King East in 2010. Prior to that he was a long time customer with more than 15 years experience managing a very busy Freightliner, Isuzu, Western Star Dealership. Steve puts in a lot of time on a daily basis helping our customer choose the right Thermo King unit for their application. Steve has proven to be an valuable asset to our Team. Email: sspencer@thermokingeast.com

Service Department

Dan Dixon - SERVICE DIRECTOR

Dan Dixon

SERVICE DIRECTOR
Phone: 201-939-4822 EXT.114
Dan has an extensive customer service background and was formerly a technician for Volvo. He also ran the TK dealership in Georgia, where he oversaw both Parts and Service Departments. Dan is paramount to our very busy service department and keeps it running smoothly.
AJ Commaroto - SERVICE MANAGER

AJ Commaroto

SERVICE MANAGER
Phone: 201-939-4822
AJ has been with TK East since July 2003. He had worked part-time up until November 2008 when he graduated from Engine City Technical Institute. After finishing High School, AJ received a scholarship to ECTI / Lincoln Tech for diesel technology and transport refrigeration. Upon completing the rigorous course he started as a shop technician and has now achieved the title of Service Manager. He is Master Certified / TriPac certified / EPA certified.
Ruth Da-Souza - WARRANTY ADMIN / ASSISTANT SERVICE MANAGER

Ruth Da-Souza

WARRANTY ADMIN / ASSISTANT SERVICE MANAGER
Phone: (201)939-4822 EXT. 115
Ruth has started With Thermo King East in 2014, Ruth is our Warrany Administrator & Assitant Service Manage. Ruth is up to date with all your warranty needs. Feel free to call Ruth if you have any Warranty questions or concerns.
Bonnie Presutto - SERVICE ADVISOR

Bonnie Presutto

SERVICE ADVISOR
Phone: (201)939-4822 EXT. 115
Bonnie joined Thermo King East in 2017. Since then she has taken the reigns on all Maintenance Accounts, and our Air Container Units. Bonnie also schedules mobile service requests, and keeps customers at ease when time is of the essence in repairing their units. Her extensive customer service back round makes her a valuable asset to our Service Department.
Manny Kattwinkel - SERVICE ADVISOR

Manny Kattwinkel

SERVICE ADVISOR
Phone: (201) 939-4822 EXT.111
Manny has been with Thermo king East since 2016. Manny handles New Unit Installation scheduling as well as customer care, & mobile service truck dispatching. Manny also wears many other hats in the service department.
Carl L - YARD ADVISOR AND JOCKEY

Carl L

YARD ADVISOR AND JOCKEY
Phone: 201-939-4822
Carl has taken a newly opened position as our Yard Adviser and Jockey. Carl is your first point of contact upon arrival to our facility. He also picks up and moves trucks and trailers on an as needed basis. Carl holds one of the many important roles here.

Technicians

Steve G - VEHICLE POWERED UNIT INSTALLATION SENIOR TECHNICIAN

Steve G

VEHICLE POWERED UNIT INSTALLATION SENIOR TECHNICIAN
Phone: 201-939-4822
Steve has been installing small truck refrigeration units for TK East since August 1999. He has achieved the level of a Certified Technician and is EPA Certified. He is the Senior Installation Technician for our vehicle powered units team. He also prides himself on keeping the quality of our vehicle powered unit installs very high.
Duncan M - BUS TECHNICIAN

Duncan M

BUS TECHNICIAN
Phone: 201-939-4822
Duncan has been working on Bus A/C units for TK East since March 1999. Duncan has Carrier experience and has also taught the Transport Refrigeration course at Engine City Technical Institute. He has achieved the level of Bus Specialist Technician and is EPA Certified.
Tiago S - SENIOR MOBILE JOURNEYMAN TECHNICIAN

Tiago S

SENIOR MOBILE JOURNEYMAN TECHNICIAN
Phone: 201-939-4822
Tiago, a graduate of Lincoln Technical Institute, has been a diesel/refrigeration technician for TK East since January 2004. He has achieved the level of Certified Master Technician. Tiago is EPA Certified and a true asset to our Thermo King East family. He prides himself in knowing everyone of his customers personally and makes sure all their equipment is in top notch shape at all times.
Anthony A - MOBILE JOURNEYMAN TECHNICIAN

Anthony A

MOBILE JOURNEYMAN TECHNICIAN
Phone: 201-939-4822
Anthony started with Thermo King East. in 2018. He comes to us with 7 years of transport refrigeration experience. He has achieved over 10 certifications from Thermo King and he is Master Certified as well as Bus certified. Anthony knows his customers and makes sure they are well taken care of.
Eric H - MOBILE TECHNICIAN

Eric H

MOBILE TECHNICIAN
Phone: 201-939-4822
Eric graduated from UTI with a diesel technology degree. He worked for Caterpillar, as well as First Transit, performing bus repairs. Eric started in our shop and has now become one of our full time mobile technicians. He also is on the very active Parsippany Volunteer Fire Dept.
Sabastian S - TECHNICIAN

Sabastian S

TECHNICIAN
Phone: 201-939-4822
Sebastian came to us several years ago as a technician's helper. He has taken the shop by storm. Sebastian is one of top producing technicians and his motto is "Do it right the first time, every-time."
Mike S - TECHNICIAN

Mike S

TECHNICIAN
Phone: 201-939-4822
What can one say about Mikey??? Mike came to us several years ago and we gave him a shot at being a technician with no formal refrigeration training. To our surprise he has become one of our go to tech's in the shop. He has a vast knowledge of all sorts of mechanical equipment. Mike is our resident comedian at times and keeps things lively in the shop. He also Thermo King Certified.
Kamil G - TECHNICIAN/ LEAD TECH FOR REFRIGERATED AIRLINE CONTAINERS

Kamil G

TECHNICIAN/ LEAD TECH FOR REFRIGERATED AIRLINE CONTAINERS
Kamil is a jack of all trades and a Master of all as well. Kamil recently became TK Professional Certified as well as Air Container and FAA certified. Kamil is the shop technician that can fix the worst problem and get it solved. If you want some thing welded, bent, fabricated or diagnosed go get Kamil.
Lynden W - TECH / SENIOR MULTI-TEMP & SPECIAL PRODUCTS INSTALLATION SPECIALIST

Lynden W

TECH / SENIOR MULTI-TEMP & SPECIAL PRODUCTS INSTALLATION SPECIALIST
Phone: 201-939-4822
Lynden is a graduate ECTI /Lincoln Tech with a diesel/ transport refrigeration degree. He heads up our specialty installations group. Multi-Temp, Espar Heater, and TriPac installation are his specialty. He has a very bright future!
Patrick S - TECHNICIAN / SENIOR GENERATOR SPECIALIST

Patrick S

TECHNICIAN / SENIOR GENERATOR SPECIALIST
Phone: 201-939-4822
Patrick came to us as a recommendation from another employee. Pat was sought of the the floater, Whatever came in the door for repairs? Patrick was available and willing to take on the challenge and has proven himself to be a strong asset. As time progressed he was working on more and more Marine generators for a very large customer. Patrick took on the role of Senior Generator Specialist last year. He is involved in Training additional people to help him out on a daily basis. His main focus is to keep 125 Gen-Sets up and running on a daily basis.
Rich J - SELF POWERED UNIT INSTALLATION SPECIALIST

Rich J

SELF POWERED UNIT INSTALLATION SPECIALIST
Phone: 201-939-4822
Rich came to us as a recommendation from another employee. He had no previous experience in our trade, but that did not stop him from excelling. Rich has become an integral part of the TK East team. He is one of our dedicated self-powered truck and Trailer install team.
Joe G "The Bull" - SENIOR SELF POWERED UNIT INSTALLATION SPECIALIST

Joe G "The Bull"

SENIOR SELF POWERED UNIT INSTALLATION SPECIALIST
Phone: 201-939-4822
Joe came to us as a recommendation from one of our other employees. Joe had no previous experience in our trade. For most people that would be an issue, but not Joe. He took the "bull" by the horns and ran with it. He is now an integral part of the TK East Self Powered Truck and Trailer Install team.
Manny Fondeur - SHOP FOREMAN / SENIOR TECHNICIAN

Manny Fondeur

SHOP FOREMAN / SENIOR TECHNICIAN
Manny has been with us for 7 years, starting out as a technicians helper. He has since taken on the role of shop foreman and recently became TK Master Certified as well as EPA certified. Manny treats everyone with respect and is the first one there to lend a hand to get the job done. He is also part of our in-house training Program Team for our Technicians.
Jeff C - TECHNICIAN

Jeff C

TECHNICIAN
Phone: 201-939-4822
Jeff came to us as a recommendation from another employee. He had an extensive mechanical background, but limited refrigeration knowledge. Needless to say Jeff has taken on the challenge and has become an integral part of the service technician team. Jeff is Thermo King Certified and is looking forward to his next level of Certified Professional.
Jairo M - VEHICLE POWERED INSTALLATION SPECIALIST

Jairo M

VEHICLE POWERED INSTALLATION SPECIALIST
Phone: 201-939-4822
Jairo had worked for us for many years and decided to leave in 2010 for a new career adventure. Fast forward to 2018 and Jairo decided that he missed his longtime home and has come back to where he belongs. It is like he never left. He jumped right back into the mix and has once again become part of the vehicle powered install team, and an integral part of the Thermo King East family.
Jonathan R - TECH / MULTI-TEMP & SPECIAL PRODUCTS INSTALLATION SPECIALIST

Jonathan R

TECH / MULTI-TEMP & SPECIAL PRODUCTS INSTALLATION SPECIALIST
Phone: 201-939-4822
Jonathan is a graduate of ECTI / Lincoln Tech with a diesel technology and transport refrigeration degree. He is a valued part of the specialty installation group. Jonathan specializes in Multi-Temp, heater and TriPac Installs.
Kris S - TECHNICIAN

Kris S

TECHNICIAN
Phone: 201-939-4822
Kris came to us by recommendation from another employee. He has a lot of mechanical background and some minor transport refrigeration. Kris loves what he does and does it well. He is learning fast and wants to learn on an accelerated pace.
Josue R - TECHNICIAN / GENSET SPECIALIST

Josue R

TECHNICIAN / GENSET SPECIALIST
Phone: 201-939-4822
Josue started as a technicians helper and has consistently progressed to technician. He is now is one of our Marine Generator Specialists. Josue is Thermo King Certified and looking forward to his bright career.

Parts Department

Tom Karnick - PARTS MANAGER

Tom Karnick

PARTS MANAGER
Tom started with us in April 1978 and came to us with an extensive customer service background. He began working in the parts warehouse and in 1986 became our Parts Manager. He handles all of our parts sales to the local transit properties and oversees all of the transit contracts. Tom also coordinates our daily New Jersey and New York deliveries. In 2016 Thermo King Corporation named him "Dealer Parts Manager Of The Year".
Jay G - SENIOR PARTS ASSISTANT

Jay G

SENIOR PARTS ASSISTANT
Jay has been with TK East since July 1995 and started in our warehouse. Jay is now an integral part of our parts office team and works our very busy phone lines. He also handles some of our smaller unique product lines such as BSI, CW Mill, and Techni mount kits and also runs our parts counter which is open to the public.
Johnny D - PARTS DRIVER

Johnny D

PARTS DRIVER
Johnny came to work for us in April 1993. He is our New York Parts Delivery man and travels to the City and boroughs on a daily basis delivering replacement parts to our New York customers. John is also OSHA certified in forklift operation and has his Commercial Drivers License (CDL) as well.
Gilberto D - PARTS CLERK

Gilberto D

PARTS CLERK
Phone: 201-939-4822
Gillberto began working for us in August of 2012. He does our shipping and receiving and basically runs our parts warehouse He is the person responsible for finding space for all our parts. He also takes care of our Tech's at our Tech's service window in the parts department.
James G - PARTS DRIVER

James G

PARTS DRIVER
Phone: 201-939-4822
James came to work for us in June of 2016. He pulls and fills orders in the warehouse for our daily New Jersey deliveries. He is also our NJ Parts Delivery man and is on the road by 10:00 every day delivering replacement parts to our NJ customers.
Sebastian P - PARTS ADVISOR

Sebastian P

PARTS ADVISOR
Phone: 201-939-4822
Sebastian started working for us in March of 2015. He began in our warehouse and was also our NJ Parts Delivery man. He now has become the 3rd person in our very busy Parts Office, taking orders and working the phone lines. He also assists at our parts counter and has become our Spanish to English translator.

FoodService Division

John - FOODSERVICE REPRESENTATIVE

John

FOODSERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
Phone: 201-538-2384
With over 40 years of experience in the food service industry, John has been an asset to Thermo King East’s Food Service Division since 2005. Over the years, John has established business relationships in the supermarket, convenience store, delicatessen, liquor store and wholesale industries. Through extensive client communication, John can provide consultative recommendations for full project requirements and improvements. Personally overseeing installation of equipment at the site, John ensures high quality implementation and coordination with other trades. Cell # 201-538-2384 jd@thermokingeast.com